Lin MH, Yang YC, Wang KG
“Effect of P6 acupressure on morning sickness”
Department of Obs. and Gyn., Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
PURPOSE: A prospective study was undertaken to value the effectiveness of pressure at P6 (Neiguan) acupuncture point in preventing morning sickness. OBJECTIVES AND METHOD: Three groups of patients in early pregnancy recorded the severity and frequency of sickness over a period of 7 consecutive days following daily pressure at P6 point, pressure at other point of forearm and no treatment. RESULTS: A significant difference between the severity of sickness in the control group and those having P6 acupressure and a significant difference between the controls and the Dummy acupressure series. Sickness was significantly less severe in patients practising P6 acupressure than in those using a Dummy point. No side effect occurred in patients practising p6 acupressure and while anticipation of benefit may offer a partial explanation for the findings, pressure at the Neiguan point appears to have a specific therapeutic effect.